Lether E. Frazar Memorial Library
Excellence with a Personal Touch
Authority: Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Date Enacted or Revised: n/a
The Library is named for the first president of McNeese State University, Lether Edward Frazar. The collections and services of the Library are designed to complement the educational and research programs of the University and are administered by the Library Director.
The Acquisitions Department is responsible for collection development, i.e., the process of building and maintaining the library’s collections in both print and non- print formats. The primary goal of Frazar Memorial Library’s collection development efforts is to build collections that support the informational needs of the instructional, research, and programmatic missions of the university. Appropriate materials include monographs (one-time purchases and standing orders), periodicals, databases, indexes and abstracts, audiovisual materials, and microforms. Librarians serve as liaisons to academic departments to facilitate requests for new materials; faculty may request materials through contact with liaisons or use an online order form available on the Acquisitions Department’s web page. The online catalog serves as the primary resource for determining the library’s holdings; general and specialized subject indexes are also available through the library’s website.
Frazar Memorial Library is open to all students, faculty, and staff at McNeese as well as the general public. The McNeese identification card is valid as a library card for students, faculty, and staff. Visitors to the library who are not affiliated with McNeese may use library resources inside the library or join the Friends of the Library Program for further library privileges.
Students from other Louisiana universities may access Frazar Memorial Library resources (circulation privileges) with a LALINC card issued from their home university. McNeese students visiting other university libraries in Louisiana may obtain a LALINC card from Frazar Memorial Library.
The Public Services Department oversees the circulation of library materials. In general, students and Friends of the Library may borrow library materials for three-week periods. Faculty members enjoy semester-length circulation privileges.
McNeese faculty may reserve certain materials for special use by students in their classes. These items are “on reserve” and are shelved behind the public services counter. The loan period for these reserve materials is determined by the instructor of the course. Some reserve material may be limited to library use only.
The Public Services Department provides assistance to patrons through the use of traditional reference sources as well as electronic databases and online services.
Library instruction sessions may be scheduled by contacting the Public Services Department. These sessions include instruction on the use of the library and its electronic resources and may focus on any subject area. Many resources can be accessed easily from the Library’s web page.
Government Documents Department
Free, open, and equal access to government information is crucial in a free society. The mission of the Frazar Memorial Library’s Government Information Department is to preserve and provide government information to benefit everyone, including those in the 3rd Congressional District of Louisiana and the McNeese State University community.
The Library has been a selective Federal Depository Library since 1941 and a complete Louisiana Depository since 1948. As a selective Federal Depository Library, we collect about 60% of the information distributed at no cost by the U. S. Government Printing Office (GPO). As a complete depository for Louisiana government publications, we receive most of the information distributed at no cost via the Louisiana State Documents Depository Program. The collection also includes some international, regional, and local government information.
You can access government information through the library’s online catalog, and our Government Information LibGuide. Specific assistance is available from the department.
Interlibrary Loan Department
With computerized access to cooperating libraries nationwide, the Interlibrary Loan Department can efficiently access research materials not available in the Frazar Memorial Library. Interlibrary loan request forms are available through the library’s web page. Specific assistance is available from the department’s website.
The Catalog Department prepares books and other media for access, including assigning call numbers and keeping the online catalog up to date.
Archives and Special Collections
The Archives and Special Collections Department houses materials which reflect the history of McNeese, Lake Charles, and the Southwest Louisiana area. Included in the materials are McNeese publications, such as the Log, Contraband, McNeese Review, and student theses; books by Southwest Louisiana authors or about the area; rare books; and archival collections which contain writings, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, maps, business records, audiovisual materials, and other historical documents.
The library maintains a computer lab for McNeese students, faculty and staff. In addition to the lab there is a community use PC and a dedicated Government Information PC.